British Bangers and Mash Recipe • All that's Jas (2024)

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Home cooking cannot taste better. British Bangers with perhaps the best onion gravy in the world and mustard mashed potatoes make this dish the number one comfort food! Make this classic Bangers and Mash for your family, and watch it disappear!

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When this top-of-the-line red wine and onion sauce combines with the mustard mashed potatoes and ends up with a piece of sausage in your mouth, you have to smile with happiness.

Simple food can be so delicious. You'll love it!

Table of Contents

1) What are Bangers and Mash?

2) ❤️ What we love about this recipe

3) 🛒 Ingredients and Notes for Bangers and Mash

4) 🔪 How To Make British Bangers and Mash

5) 💡 Top tip

6) 🥔 What are the best potatoes for mash?

7) 👩‍🍳 Helpful Tips for the Best Bangers and Mash

8) 🗄️ Storage Instructions

10) More recipes with sausage to explore

11) 📖 Recipe

12) British Bangers and Mash Recipe

What are Bangers and Mash?

Bangers are a quintessential British sausage. Bangers and Mash is an iconic English dish that originated during World War I when meat was scarce.

Sausages were made with a high proportion of water, causing them to pop and hiss when cooked over high heat, leading to their nickname of "bangers."

Mash, short for mashed potatoes, is the English working class's favorite comfort food dish. It's inexpensive and tastes so good. 😋 How can you go wrong with meat and potatoes? Am I right?

It's the ultimate soul food, British style. The perfect dish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on a budget!

Today, there are many delicious variations of the classic sausage and onion gravy dish - from various sausages and seasonings to innovative twists on the traditional onion gravy!

Sausage and mash are usually served with peas but are often enjoyed with other vegetables like broccoli. Bangers sausages are easy to find, even if you live in the United States.

❤️ What we love about this recipe

  • Simple Comfort Food
  • Family Friendly Meal
  • Hearty and Satisfying
  • Classic Meat and Potatoes Dish
  • Thick and Flavorful Gravy
  • Fluffy Mustard Mashed Potatoes

🛒Ingredients and Notes for Bangers and Mash

For the sausage and gravy

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  • Onion and Garlic: A good gravy starts with sautéd onions and garlic in a light cooking oil such as olive or avocado. Yellow and white onions are best for flavor intensity. Red onions taste too mild when cooked.
  • Red Wine: Dry wine, like Merlot, is best for this recipe. If you don't cook with alcohol, replace wine with beef stock or broth. The depth of flavor from this gravy comes from red wine. You do not need to choose an expensive wine. A good red-cooking wine will do.
  • Beef Boulion: You can use chicken if that's all you have.
  • Flour: Use a simple all-purpose flour to thicken the gravy. If you are gluten-free, consider using potato starch or cornstarch instead (also called cornflour in some countries).
  • Fresh Herbs: It's best to use fresh herbs for the gravy. You'll need fresh basil, parsley, and rosemary. Fresh herbs bring a subtle yet rich flavor to the gravy.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add more or less based on your taste.
  • Pork Sausage: English Cumberland and Irish Banger is a good quality pork sausage, but if they are unavailable, use any mild pork sausage (brats) in their place (which I used this time). You can use any fresh sausage, such as beef or chicken. Keep in mind that lean ones offer less flavor.

For the Mustard Mash

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  • Potatoes: Russet or Yukon Gold. High-starch potatoes are the best choice for mashed potatoes, as they mash quickly and easily, creating a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Milk: Use whole milk for a richer texture and flavor and 2% for a lighter mash or any available milk. If you are dairy-free, opt for unsweetened plant milk. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you might need to add more milk.
  • Dijon Mustard: You must use Dijon mustard. It has a spicy and tangy flavor that gives these mashed potatoes a unique and enticing taste.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter or margarine if you are dairy-free.
  • Salt: Add to taste. There is no need for pepper, as the mustard gives this dish a nice kick!

🔪 How To Make British Bangers and Mash

Step 1 - sausages and gravy

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  1. Brown the sausages: Add bangers to hot oil and cook on all sides until cooked through and brown; remove to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Make the onion gravy: Add the onions to the same pan you used for the sausages and sauté until soft. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in flour, beef bouillon, wine, basil, parsley, and rosemary. Cook until the wine has reduced to a glaze.
  4. Return the sausages to the pan; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2 - mustard mash

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  1. Put peeled and diced potatoes) in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash them with butter, dijon mustard, and milk.

💡 Top tip

Make your gravy in the same pan you fried the sausages. It's vital for the best flavor! Don't skip this step, or your gravy won't be good.

🥔 What are the best potatoes for mash?

Russets have the highest starch content, making them suitable for baking or mashing. Avoid low-starch/waxy potatoes, as they are more likely to have a gluey texture.

For optimal results, many chefs suggest using a combination of Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes for their uniform density and buttery flavor - it makes the perfect puree!

👩‍🍳Helpful Tips for the Best Bangers and Mash

  • Always add hot milk to the potatoes. It incorporates easier, and it keeps the mash warm.
  • You can run your potatoes through the ricer before adding milk and butter to eliminate lumps.
  • If you're not a fan of mustard in your mash, omit and add sour cream as in this mashed potato recipe.
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🗄️ Storage Instructions

Refrigerate sausages and mashed potatoes in separate airtight containers.

Like any other meats and sausages, consuming them within a few days is best. I recommend eating within three days of preparing.

Reheat gently in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of sausage are bangers?

Any British sausage can be called a banger. However, thick, unaged, and mildly spiced pork sausages are the go-to for this classic dish.

Can I use bratwurst instead of bangers?

Making homemade bangers is an excellent choice if you can't find bangers. But ultimately, the choice of sausage for bangers and mash is yours. Although, some sausages will have a different flavor profile, like beef, chicken, or turkey sausage. I recommend pork bratwurst unless you're not eating pork.

Can I freeze it?

Unfortunately, mashed potatoes and gravy don't hold up well in the freezer, but you can freeze sausages for up to three months.

If you like this English dish, you'll love Bubble and Squeak, another British classic with a funny name.

More recipes with sausage to explore

  • Sausage Stew with Potatoes (Dublin Coddle)
  • Arroz Atollado (Colombian Pork and Sausage Risotto)
  • Barley Soup with Sausage (Graupensuppe)
  • Spicy Italian Sausage and Spinach Slab Pie
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British Bangers and Mash Recipe

By Jas

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food - British bangers and mash - sausages with onion gravy and mustard mashed potatoes. Simple yet delicious, this dish will easily become your new favorite, leaving you feeling satisfied and happy.

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Total Time 40 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine British, English, Irish

Yields 4 servings

Calories 700 kcal


US Customary - Metric

For Bangers in Gravy

  • 8 bangers, or any pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 beef bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For Mustard Mash

  • 4-5 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • cup milk


Bangers and onion gravy

  • In a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet, brown the sausages (do in batches if necessary) in 2 tablespoon oil on all sides over medium-high heat until cooked through. Remove to a plate and keep warm.

  • Add sliced onion to the same pan and cook until soft. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.

  • Stir in 1 tablespoon flour and cook for 1 minute. Add one beef bouillon, 2 cups of dry red wine, 1 tablespoon of fresh (or dry) basil and parsley, and 1 teaspoon rosemary. Cook until the wine has reduced to a glaze over onions, about 10 minutes.

  • Return the bangers to the pan and simmer for about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Mustard mash

  • Put 4-5 large peeled and diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Drain the potatoes and mash them with 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and ⅔ cup milk (add more milk if necessary to achieve a creamy texture.

  • Serve the bangers with gravy over mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!


  • Always add hot milk to the potatoes. It incorporates easier, and it keeps the mash warm.
  • You can run your potatoes through the ricer before adding milk and butter to eliminate lumps.
  • If you're not a fan of mustard in your mash, omit and add sour cream as in thismashed potatorecipe.
  • Preparing the gravy in the renderings of fat from the sausage makes it even more flavorful. Use the same pan you cooked the sausages in to prepare the gravy.
  • Depending on the size of your potatoes, you might need to add more milk.
  • For the best results, read additional tips in the post above.
  • Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used.


Store sausages and mashed potatoes in separate airtight containers refrigerated for up to 3 days.


Calories: 700kcal (35%) | Carbohydrates: 13g (4%) | Protein: 20g (40%) | Fat: 53g (82%) | Saturated Fat: 16g (80%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 103mg (34%) | Sodium: 1320mg (55%) | Potassium: 734mg (21%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 4g (4%) | Vitamin A: 441IU (9%) | Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) | Calcium: 112mg (11%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in April 2020 and updated in April 2023 with new photos and recipe tips.

British Bangers and Mash Recipe • All that's Jas (2024)


What is an English banger made of? ›

Although a variety of sausages can be used, bangers are usually a mild, fresh pork sausage made with a bread filler and seasoned with spices that may include pepper, thyme, sage, nutmeg and mace and stuffed into a natural casing.

What is the difference between Irish bangers and English bangers? ›

Well if you are talking a traditional Irish sausage they are minced much finer than many traditional English sausages are. This gives a different feeling in the mouth as you eat them.

What do Americans call bangers and mash? ›

Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional British dish consisting of sausages and mashed potato. It may consist of one of a variety of flavoured sausages made of pork, lamb, beef, or a meat alternative.

What do Scottish bangers taste like? ›

Our bangers are akin to a breakfast sausage in flavor, though there is no sage. They are perfect for breakfast, of course, but historically they're good for supper as well. The classic dish Bangers & Mash pairs sausage and mashed root vegetables of your choosing, traditionally mashed potatoes.

What is a British banger? ›

British sausages being called bangers seems to be a historical legacy, a colloquial term left over from war time when sausages sometimes exploded in the pan when you cooked them. We started calling sausages bangers sometime during the first World War, it was a slang name for a sausage at the time.

What American sausage is similar to bangers? ›

Just a regular lightly-seasoned fresh pork sausage. Plain breakfast sausage would probably be the closest.

What are Scottish bangers made of? ›

Scottish Lorne sausage sliced patties, made with Angus beef, Spices and sea salt Gluten free no preservatives. Homemade Scottish style sausage links made with Angus beef and natural spices, sea salt, Gluten free no preservatives.

What are Scottish bangers? ›

A traditional British sausage. Served with mash pototos as in "bangers and mash" as pub food.

What do they call hot dogs in England? ›

We call a sausage…. a sausage - or the slang word is a banger.

Does Trader Joe's have Irish bangers? ›

Irish Bangers & Champ | Trader Joe's.

Why is it called toad in the hole? ›

The most commonly accepted explanation for its name is that the sausages resemble toads peeking from a crevice made of crisp batter.

What do Irish bangers taste like? ›

Banger is a centuries-old traditional Irish recipe. They consist of lean and fat pork tossed with spices and herbs, which is encased to make a sausage. A banger is delicious with an herbal and peppery taste.

What are Cumberland bangers? ›

Cumberland sausage is a pork sausage that originated in the historic county of Cumberland, England, ceremonially part of Cumbria. It is traditionally very long, up to 50 centimetres (20 inches), and sold rolled in a flat, circular coil, but within western Cumbria, it is more often served in long, curved lengths.

What is the US equivalent of Cumberland sausage? ›

Or for substitutions: The description of Cumberland being peppery made me think of Bob Evan Hot Sausage, which is readily available and economical throughout the US.

Are English bangers breakfast sausage? ›

Indeed, during World War I, when meat was scarce, the Brits had to get creative with their sausages, which is why bangers historically contain less meat than other sausages, though the name is now pretty much just a blanket term for all breakfast sausages.

What kind of sausage is used in English breakfast? ›

The Meat: Sausage and Bacon

The combination of both bacon and sausage is one of the essential elements to a full fry up. A simple pork sausage (like the banger) is ideal and the type of bacon is up to preference.

Are English bangers healthy? ›

Unfortunately, UK sausage isn't generally known as a health food as production has become highly mechanised and addition of artificial ingredients made commonplace by the demands of supermarkets.

What do English bangers taste like? ›

Coupled with ingredients like cloves, maple syrup and brown sugar, they tend to have a sweeter taste. Bangers, on the other hand, are more savory, containing a greater quantity of herbs like thyme, sage, marjoram, mace, nutmeg and onion powder.


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